Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, was selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service Award by the Syracuse University Libraries Assembly (SULA). This award represents recognition by Patrick’s peers for significant contributions to Syracuse University Libraries and the Syracuse University community.
Throughout his time with Syracuse University Libraries, Patrick’s dedication, hard work, unfailing collegiality, and consistently positive representation of what the Libraries have to offer have enriched intellectual life on campus and beyond. Of special note is his commitment to, and enthusiasm for, sharing the Libraries’ remarkable resources to engage and inspire students, as well as his collaborations within the Libraries, across campus, and in the greater digital humanities community.
In addition to being actively involved in the field of librarianship through his own publications, Patrick works regularly with high school students across New York State in Project Advance, and with undergraduate and graduate students through instructional classes and experiential learning. He is also an indispensable resource for faculty in their teaching and research, with one supporter stating, “His work to help me feel included in the creative and scholarly work happening on campus, and his interest in my teaching and creative work, have stood out among all of my encounters with various other faculty, staff, and administrators at the University. Patrick has a gift for bringing people together around exciting intellectual opportunities.”
Members of the selection panel for 2016 were Nicolette A. Dobrowolski (chair), Suzanne Preate, Lisa Brigandi, Sarah Allis, and Kristin K. Neri. Patrick received a gift and a certificate of appreciation. His name was added to the engraved list of recipients that appears on a plaque on the 1st floor of Bird Library.